The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a national weekly print newspaper published by the Christian Science Publishing Society and owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The paper was a daily until March, 2009; currently the website is updated daily. First published in 1908, the Christian Science Monitor is headquartered in Boston, Mass.The average age of a Christian Science Monitor reader is 59, and 61 percent of the readers are women. The average household income of the newspapers readers is just under $94,000; over 72 percent have a four-year college degree and more than 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. It covers national and international news. The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious paper. The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes since 1950. The most recent was in 2002 for an editorial cartoon. In 2006, one of the paper's freelance reporters, Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released after 82 days. The paper has also won other awards, including the National Headliner Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards, and the Reporters and Editors Award. Mary Trammell is the Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wells is the Publisher, John Yemma is the Editor and Marshall Ingwerson is the Managing Editor.

Articles from May 7, 2010

A Beech Tree's Last Stand
A towering old beech tree binds a community as its majestic limbs begin to falter.The first time I saw the tree was when my husband, Tim, dragged me to look at a run-down house he saw listed on a real estate agent's website. As this was one of his hobbies,...
Amid Sex Abuse Furor, Catholic Leaders Can Rebuild Trust
A contemporary adaptation of an old Catholic practice could prevent future sex abuse.From Mexico to Belgium, a new set of sex abuse accusations against the Roman Catholic Church - and the protests that go along with these accusations - have underscored...
As BP Oil Spill Fight Continues, More Areas Closed to the Public
As efforts continue to stop the flow from the BP oil spill, areas used for recreation and fishing are being closed to public access. It's a blow to recreational and commercial fishing businesses.With confirmed sightings of oil across a 50-mile chain...
As 'Iron Man 2' Showtimes Fill Up, Hollywood Hunts Next Comic Book Hero
'Iron Man 2' showtimes are selling out fast. How does a lesser- known comic book character become a multimillion-dollar movie franchise? Star power, a solid story, and a little help from the real world.Robert Downey Jr.'s superhero character, now in...
Babies: Movie Review
'Babies' documentary takes four from around the world and follows their first steps.As high concepts go, "Babies" is a doozy. It may do for babies what "March of the Penguins" did for penguins. It's a documentary about four babies, chosen from around...
Blockade Billy
Two great American traditions merge when horror icon Stephen King turns his attention to baseball.Stephen King long ago became a big-league author. Now he digs in andstands ready to give whole new meaning to the phrase, "Batterup!"In 1999, King wrote...
BP Oil Spill Halts US Drilling Permits, for Now
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that no new drilling permits would be released until a safety review ordered by Obama is released later this month. The BP oil spill has increased calls by environmentalists for a permanent ban on offshore...
Candidates Host Carnival-Like Rallies Ahead of Philippines Election
Top candidates in next week's Philippines election have all cast themselves as the anticorruption leader. But they're focusing less on reform than on entertaining voters with singers, dancers, balloons, and prize giveaways.Campaigning for the Philippines...
Cartier-Bresson: A Master's Black-and-White World
Cartier-Bresson captured moments and movements of profound social change with an artist's eye. A new exhibition looks at 45 years of his iconic work."The great pleasure for my Leica," the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) wrote in...
'Cash for Caulkers': What Home Improvements Would Be Eligible?
Cash for Caulkers, which home-owners could tap for government rebates of as much as $8,000 if signed, covers a range of energy- efficient home upgrades."Cash for Caulkers" is the nickname of the Home Star Energy Efficiency bill, which the House approved...
Colorado Latest Battleground for Teacher Performance
Legislation in Colorado would put teachers on probation based in part on student scores on standardized tests. It's part of a trend around the country that teacher unions find threatening.Colorado is the latest battleground for changing the way public...
David Petraeus for President? He Keeps Speculation Alive
Army Gen. David Petraeus, credited with devising a counterinsurgency doctrine to save Iraq from chaos, spoke at a Thursday dinner for conservatives and neo-conservatives. He didn't exactly squelch speculation about a possible presidential bid.Speculation...
Egypt's Mubarak Regime Signals Harsh Tactics against Opponents
President Mubarak gave his first public address since March in Cairo yesterday in a bid to thwart a possible merger between disgruntled workers and the political opposition amid increasing uncertainty about who will succeed the 82-year-old leader.In...
Faisal Shahzad Case Intensifies Scrutiny of Links between Pakistan Militant Groups
Officials aren't saying which militants, if any, Faisal Shahzad may have met in Pakistan, but focus is intensifying on how interlinked Pakistan militants groups may be. Pakistan and US officials differ in their assessments.How connected are the slew...
Financial Reform Bill Takes Shape as Decision Looms on 'Fed Audit'
Senate lines up behind some financial reform provisions that get tough on Wall Street, but not all. Rep. Ron Paul alleges that one senator 'sold out' by watering down a provision to audit the Federal Reserve.The Senate's financial reform bill moved forward...
Germany Approves Greek Bailout as Merkel Gets Her Way
The German parliament approved the country's $28 billion contribution to the Greek bailout package on Friday. Chancellor Angela Merkel shifted from initial opposition to paying Greece's debts to concern over economic fallout in the rest of Europe.The...
Greek Debt Crisis Begets Euro Crisis. How Much Is It Fear Driven?
The fear of contagion from the debt crisis in Greece may have helped create the reality of it in financial markets.Here's a question that economic historians will ponder soon enough: Which came first during the Greek debt crisis of 2010 - the fear of...
Greek Protesters: Ready to Face Reality about the Debt Crisis?
Greek protesters are angry and in denial. But there's no denying the consequences of spending beyond your means.Dear Angry Greek Protesters: Your country is hailed as the cradle of Western civilization. This honor is justified, not least because of the...
Hardline Red Shirt Protesters Still Seek 'Knockout Punch' against Thai PM
While red shirt leaders in Bangkok have agreed to a road map to reconciliation with the Thai premier, red shirt protesters from northeast Thailand, a hotbed of antigovernment demonstrations, show no signs of backing down.Every night, to cheers from the...
Hezbollah Says It's Ready for Fresh War with Israel - and Stronger Now
Driving through Hezbollah's stronghold in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, a veteran fighter says the militant group has made significant military advances since their last war with Israel in 2006: 'We have many other surprises for the Israelis.'Nearly four years...
Horse-Trading Begins amid Messy UK Election Results
David Cameron, whose Conservative party is leading in UK election results, may have the upper hand. But no one party emerged with enough seats to form a government.Following a chaotic general election result, political horse- trading aimed at cobbling...
Iron Man 2: Review
Iron Man 2 review: Like the original megablockbuster, Iron Man 2 draws heavily on Robert Downey Jr.'s quirky performance as the superhero to keep the energy focused.What would "Iron Man 2" be without Robert Downey Jr.? I asked the same question of "Iron...
Is the 'Tea Party' in Utah Set to Oust a Republican Senator?
Many in the tea party movement in Utah aren't happy with Republican Sen. Robert Bennett, saying he's too moderate. They plan to vote their displeasure at the state GOP convention Saturday.It will take something of a political coup to oust three-term...
Lake Life: Taking Lessons from the Local Inhabitants
Learning to fly, the art of self-defense, confidence - lake life offers daily lessons.I have the heart of a world traveler, but the body and temperament of a day-tripper. While I love to hear of others' travels, I have thrived by staying closer to home....
Lettuce Recall: Avoid These Romaine Salads
The lettuce recall involves romaine 'grab and go' salads sold at in-store salad bars and delis in Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, and Marsh stores.A lettuce recall is causing wholesalers, restaurants, delis, and grocery stores in 23 states to pull...
Lettuce Recall Doesn't Hide Progress on Food Safety, Experts Say
The lettuce recall has many questioning the safety of US produce, but voluntary adherence to food safety standards has led to progress since the E. coli outbreak in 2007.The recall of romaine lettuce sold under the Freshway and Imperial Sysco names across...
Mother's Day: What Does It Take to Be a 'Real' Mom?
I attribute my role as Mom to events that have nothing to do with pregnancy or an official seal on my adopted daughter's birth certificate.I noticed the Hawaiian woman at the local playground right away - admired her gleaming black braids and her orange-plaid...
Nazia Quazi Case Encourages Canadian Muslims to Speak Out
Long quiet on political issues, Canadian Muslims are speaking out in a rare display of public activism to help Nazia Quazi, who has been detained in Saudi Arabia since 2007 due to a controversial family law.It is Saturday morning in a downtown restaurant,...
No Ballots, Long Lines: UK Election Night Snarls Spur Investigation
Britons who queued for hours on UK election night were turned away as ballots ran short or polls closed before they could vote. An investigation is under way into logjams that could have an impact on an already muddled outcome.In 2000, the UK shared...
Oil Spill, Nashville Flood, Times Square Bomb: Obama's Tough Week
The events of the past week would test any president. How well has Obama weathered the BP oil spill, the Nashville flood, a car bomb in Times Square, and Thursday's wild stock market ride?When all is said and done, a post-presidential Barack Obama may...
Perversely in Praise of the Passive Voice
Yes, it's wordy, weaselly, and wimpy - but sometimes useful, the Monitor's language columnist finds.After several days of glorious blossoming spring, I've just heard a weather forecast warning that we might have some snow showers this weekend.Can you...
Popular Pressure Spurs Nepal Maoists to End General Strike
Nepal's Maoists ended a six-day general strike that had angered citizens and prompted 10,000 people to demonstrate in Kathmandu Friday. The move may signal their willingness to adopt a more conciliatory political stance.Nepal's Maoists ended a six-day...
The Mother in You
A Christian Science perspective.Mother's Day has become a day, globally, to honor the role of the mother. Nothing could be more natural than to recognize the selfless love, as well as the often tremendous sacrifice, many mothers make for the comfort...
Top Picks: Saturday Night Live, 'Dr. Zhivago,' Deepak Chopra, and Other Recommendations
Betty White hosts Saturday Night Live, newly restored 'Dr. Zhivago' on DVD, Deepak Chopra on 'Oneness,' and more top picks.A guitarist's guitaristGrammy-winning guitarist David Russell shines on his new album, "Sonidos Latinos" (Telarc), a showcase of...
Tricky Maneuver: Will Containment Cap Stop the BP Oil Spill?
Crews are lowering a steel and concrete containment cap over the underwater source of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It's a tricky maneuver, and there's no guarantee it will work.Louisiana and the Gulf region are holding their collective breath...
Ukraine-Russia Relations: Why Kiev Made a Dramatic U-Turn Back toward Moscow
President Viktor Yanukovich was elected in February on pledges to restore Ukraine-Russia relations. But he has acted more swiftly than anyone imagined, reversing the pro-West moves of the Orange Revolution.In the space of a few weeks, Ukraine has executed...
US Economy Adds 290,000 Jobs in April as Recovery Gains Traction
The 290,000 jobs were spread across every sector of the US economy, the Labor Department reported Friday. Job-market recovery led more people to resume looking for work, driving up the unemployment rate to 9.9 percent.The US economy added 290,000 jobs...
What Caused the Stock Market's Wild Swing?
Here are questions and (some) answers regarding what's known about the stock market's 20-minute, 600-plus-point roller-coaster ride on Thursday. The Dow closed down again on Friday.Thursday's surreal stock market performance was like something out of...
World Cup Soccer: Why S. Africa Booed Concert Headlined by Shakira
FIFA failed to include a single South African act in a June 10 concert to kick off the World Cup soccer tournament this summer in South Africa. After a minor uproar, they added five new acts to a list topped by Shakira.When South Africa officially welcomes...
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